Reading went into the last few games of the season in dire need of points, and according to SkySports' pundits we are the favourites to go down.
Now, according to everyone and especially the bookies, this should have been a stroll for the Canaries. However, Reading put up a superb defensive display to stun the home side and their fans.
After 80 minutes, it looked like job done for Reading with a 0-1 lead going into the last phase but the Canaries this season have been the last-minute wonders and this game was no exception with two well-taken goals in the 82nd and 87th minutes. This should have been enough to see the Canaries home, but up stood Reading's new wonder kid and he blasted a 97th minute equaliser that put the whole of the blue and white army in raptures.
Now I have said all season that such results mean nothing If we can't back them up with something out of the next game. As lady luck would have it, this is exactly what happened with Brentford having “Beach Mode” turned up to the max.
In terms of the fans, the Canaries were fairly philosophical about the result, some complimentary towards Reading and the others questioning our style. I mean who in their right mind would suggest that Reading could get something at Norwich in a straight fight? The Brentford fans were very similar to the players with most of them seemingly taking the same early holiday as the players judging by the amount on Twitter!
Nice stats but 2-2
A few season highs for #NCFC tonight...— David Freezer (@davefreezer) April 10, 2019
- 74pc possession, 70pc was prev high (Birm a & Bolton h)
- 89pc pass success, matching 4-0 win at Bolton
- 13 corners, most this season, only second time in Farke era
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In a season 106... that's the one that counts
Most points gained in any 35 game spell in a single Championship season over the last 10 years:— NCFC Numbers (@ncfcnumbers) April 10, 2019
Norwich City (2018/19) - 80
Leicester (2013/14); Brighton (2016/17); Wolves (2017/18) - 79
Newcastle (2009/10) - 78#ncfc
It's not all about goals, it's about stopping them as well
Reading manager ‘my players didn’t deserve to lose this game’ We should have scored a hatful. What is he talking about. Some managers don’t half talk some blinkered rubbish. #ncfc— Greg (@GPS1963) April 10, 2019
OMG keystone cops
Some fans never satisfied
Imagine getting 25 points out of the last 27 and moaning ♂️ #Ncfc— Henry Nettleton (@N3ttleton) April 10, 2019
Again, it's putting the ball in the net, wasn’t that 2-2?
Sorry but all those folks saying Reading executed their game plan brilliantly. Er, we created a hatful of chances and their keeper had a blinder. We should have scored 6. They just got damn lucky we weren’t clinical tonight. Totally underserved point for them imo #ncfc— Greg (@GPS1963) April 10, 2019
How many points clear are Norwich?
Awe is it...
#Jealous - I wish our players could do this for once!
It's six games before the end of the season, you are not getting relegated or promoted, what you expecting?
Any chance of a refund...Worked 8 hours overtime for those tickets and train tickets for that ...Everyone Bar Maupay should be ashamed of that showing..1900 fans proper short changed..Won't be going to anymore away games after that #BrentfordFC— nik..... (@justdatrooth) April 13, 2019
We are close so damn close to making this season end with a whimper rather than a nervous last game. Now we are at the Easter programme and two games in four days will make a huge difference to our season. Getting three points somewhere is crucial but, saying that, as long as we better Rotherham and Wigan’s scores, who cares?
The Norwich game showed the fans the fighting spirit in this club and the back to the wall resistance was excellent. I have always said that as long as the players show pride and passion they will have the fans on board.
Judging by recent posts on Twitter, the players have this in buckets - especially the loan ones. What’s certain is that they have shown what was missing from this team from earlier in the season. The really interesting thing was that we were all saying 'Jose Gomes who?' not all that long ago.
Pointing to his managerial record and questioning it, goes to show that managers as well as players sometimes just need to find the right club.